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June 23, 1936.
J. L. YOUNG
2,044,929
TOOTHPICK DISPENSER
Filed Jan. 16, 1935
John L.- You/023
Patented June 23, 1936
2,044,929
UNITED STATES.
PATENT OFFICE
2,044,929
TOOTHPICK DISPENSER
John L. Young, Chicago, Ill.
Application January 16, 1935, Serial No. 2,091
2 Claims. (Cl. 312-83)
This invention relates to an automatic dis
the hinged portion 6 and the ?ow of tooth picks
penser for dispensing tooth picks and the like.
The main object of the invention is to provide
an automatic dispenser for dispensing tooth picks
in a sanitary manner.
Another object of the invention is to guide the
tooth picks down a chute and regulate the output
of the dispenser.
.
A still further object of the invention is to
10 facilitate the dispensing of the tooth picks by
vibrating the magazine and thus preventing the
tooth picks from “caking”.
Other objects will appear as the disclosure pro
gresses. The drawing is intended to merely in
15 dicate a possible embodiment of the invention.
It is obvious that the actual needs of manufacture
may necessitate certain mechanical changes. It
is therefore not intended to limit the embodiment
of the invention illustrated but rather to de?ne
20 such limits in the appended claims. For a more
general understanding of the invention attention
is called to the drawing in which
7
Figure 1 is a sectional View of the tooth pick
dispenser.
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Figure 2 is a section on line 2-2 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a modi?ed form of the dispenser.
Figure 4 is a section on line 4—4 of Figure 3.
Figure 5 is an enlarged detail of a portion of
the dispenser illustrated in Figure 3.
Referring now to the drawing in detail, nu
meral l designates the casing, 2 the magazine
and 3 the chute. The casing is provided with a
removable cover 4 and an inner shoulder 5 for
supporting the magazine.
The upper portion 6
35 of the lower end of the chute is hinged as at 1
and is provided with a downwardly bent lip 8
resting on the lower portion 9 of the chute. At
tached to the interior of the chute is a rigid guide
10 for gradually forming the mass of tooth picks
40 into one layer so the output of the magazine can
be regulated. In the interior of the casing is a
will stop.
In the form of the invention shown in Figure
3, numeral I‘! designates the casing, l8 the maga
zine and I9 the chute. The casing is provided 5
with a removable top cover 20 and an inner shoul
der 2| for supporting the magazine.
Both the
upper and lower walls 22 and 23 of the chute are
hinged to the magazine by the hinges 24 and 25
respectively. Attached to the end of the wall 10
22 by the hinge 26 is a swinging element 21. Nu
meral 28 designates a plunger for operating the
chute, 29 the spring for normally keeping the
plunger in an upper position and 30 the inclined
tray for collecting the tooth picks. Beneath the 15
chute are two compression springs 3| and 32.
The operation of this form of the invention is
as follows:
The tooth picks 33 contained in the magazine
when reaching the downwardly sloping portion 20
34 at the end of the wall 22 will separate into
one layer and stop at the wall 35 of the element
27. When the plunger 28 is pressed down the
hinged chute will swing down against the springs
3| and 32 as shown in dotted lines in Figure 5 25
and the swinging element 21 will catch on the
shoulder 36 and hold said element in a sus
pended position and thereby permit the tooth
picks to leave the chute. When the plunger is
released the chute will swing up and the element 30
2'! will swing down thus stopping the ?ow of tooth
picks. From the above description it will be ap
parent that the swinging element 2‘! acts as a
valve to shut off or admit the tooth picks to enter
the tray 30. The vibration due to the up and 35
down movement of the chute caused by the opera
tion of the plunger will at the same time keep
the mass of tooth picks loose and prevent their
“caking” thus allowing them to ?ow out smoothly
and evenly.
40
It will thus be seen that I have provided a
plunger II for operating the hinged portion 6 sanitary tooth pick dispenser which is simple in
of the chute. The bottom of the plunger is . construction and e?icient in operation. The rate
linked to a lever I 2 fulcrumed on the vertical of flow and the amount of tooth picks dispensed
45 post l3. The outward end Id of the lever is bent
upwardly and is connected to the hinged end 6
of the chute. Numeral I 6 designates a set of
springs for normally keeping the hinged end 6
of the chute in a closed position. When the
50 plunger H is pressed down against the compres
sion spring [5 the end M of the lever will uplift
the hinged portion 6 of the chute and allow the
tooth picks [5a to slide down the inclined lower
portion 9 of the chute where they can be picked up.
55 When the lever is released the springs I 6 will shut
at one time is uniformly'regulated.
Having described my invention, I claim:
1. In a device of therclass described, a casing,
a magazine for holding tooth picks in said casing,
a chute, said chute being hinged to said maga
zine, a plunger for vibrating said chute, a tray at 50
the termination of said chute for collecting said
tooth picks, said chute comprising upper and
lower wall members, a swinging element attached
to said upper wall member, said element adapted
to admit the tooth picks in said tray when raised 55
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up and to shut off the supply when moved down
wardly.
2. In a device of the class described, a casing,
a magazine for holding tooth picks in said casing,
a chute, said chute being hinged to said maga
zine, a plunger for vibrating said chute, a tray
at the termination of said chute for collecting
said tooth picks, said chute comprising upper and
lower wall members, the said upper and lower
wall members being hinged to the lower end of
said magazine for up and down movement rela
tive to said magazine, a swinging element at
tached to said upper wall member, said element
adapted to admit the tooth picks in said tray
when raised up‘ and to shut off the supply when
moved downwardly.
JOHN L. YOUNG.
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